Best Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Best Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Who isn't looking for quick, healthy meal solutions during the busy holiday and shopping season? Here's a sophisticated twist on a kid favorite. My daughter, Tiffany, came up with this lower-fat version of traditional sloppy joes. Best of all, this recipe can be made ahead and frozen for real holiday convenience. However, the tangy kick from the orange peel may not appeal to all children. —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel, optional
  • 6 whole wheat buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 274 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 713mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, prepared mustard, ground mustard, cloves, cayenne and orange peel if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joes in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p48

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trasalan User ID: 8254426 220199
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"My family loves these! I do not add the orange peel and sometimes not as much tomato sauce but a great recipe!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 133188
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Oh, I also made this with ground turkey instead of beef and added a chopped carrot to the onions. Not sure how the original recipe was low-fat..."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 148139
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"I thought these were too sweet, but my husband couldn't tell the difference between this spiced up version and the plain version I normally make."

12Knights4Mari User ID: 1697950 133187
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Oops, forgot to mention I too skipped the orange peel....and I also added a heaping 1/4 tsp of salt."

12Knights4Mari User ID: 1697950 132953
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Wow! I wish I'd found this recipe when my kids were still at home. Since discovering it, I've made it nearly every week. The only changes I made after following the recipe the first time was to add a little brown sugar and granulated garlic. Love love love it!"

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 148138
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"Too tangy for me!"

[email protected] User ID: 6825484 64333
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"It's good, but as far as low fat or healthy, NOT, it's high salt and just as much fat as any other recipe, but it's good."

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 64331
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"Love the fact that it contains ingredients that most people already have, and that it's not too sweet like the canned variety."

happyian User ID: 3536641 71172
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"I used brown sugar instead of molasses and skipped the orange peel. This turned out really well!!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 70207
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"These were really good Sloppy Joes. I served them with baked beans and potato salad."

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